Here's the word from the twitter-sphere about Joyce's performances as Violetta in Glynebourne's La traviata: Amazing La Traviata at Glyndebourne yesterday. @JoyceSoprano was incredible. Great end to my 2017 season. Already looking forward to 2018. — Maggie C (@Maggie_C30) August 26, 2017 Birthday
Best of all, however, was Lebanese-Canadian soprano Joyce El-Khoury as Violetta. The role needs someone beautiful, with a sensational voice, slim build (so that the tuberculosis looks believable) and great acting skills, especially in the final despairing act and El-Khoury had all of those in abundance. I had seen her in the same role at the Royal Opera House earlier this year and was stunned by her performance. At Glyndebourne, it was even better with the deceptive simplicity of the sets accentuating the effectiveness and glory of her performance. Glyndebourne always tries hard to bring something special to its productions without ever overdoing it. In May, I had thought their La Traviata was as close to perfection as one could hope for. This time I thought it was, if anything, even better."
Joyce stopped by Opera News to talk about Violetta (which she'll be performing with Glyndebourne August 1-27), her career and her upcoming Donizetti world-premiere event with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in the New Year! Watch and listen here.
Glyndebourne announced their 2017 summer lineup today which includes Joyce singing Violetta in their La traviata production directed by Tom Cairns with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada. Full details here. Slippedisc.com also reported on this, here are their highlights.